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From an alarm system to an action plan, home security will give you peace of mind as a homeowner. Here are some statistics about home burglaries, what to keep an eye out for, and how to keep your home protected.

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Security Statistics

  • A home burglary occurs approximately every 14.4 seconds in the United States.
  • The average burglary victim loses $2,185 worth of belongings.
  • Police only recover about 15% of items stolen in a home robbery.
  • With 1/3 of home break ins, the burglar didn’t have to use force. The door or window was unlocked.
  • A home in the suburbs is 1.5x more likely to be robbed than in the city.
  • 65% of home burglaries happen during the daytime.
  • A home with no security system is 2-3x more likely to be broken into.

Eyes of a Burglar: What the bandits are looking for

Escape Routes: Neighborhoods with only one entrance/exit are intimidating to thieves.

People: The most targeted homes have signs that the owners will not return soon.

A Way In: Here’s how they break in:
Front Door …………. 34%
1st Floor Window … 23%
Back Door ………….. 22%
Garage ………………. 9%
Basement …………….. 6%

AlarmSystem: Studies show criminals stay away from properties with professional alarm systems.

Places to Hide: Keep shrubbery trimmed and entry points well lit.

Preventative Tips

DO’S

  • DO keep shrubbery trimmed down to eliminate “hiding places.”
  • DO put address numbers on your house and mailbox that are large and easy to read. This makes it easier for authorities to locate your house in an emergency.
  • DO keep your house exterior well lit and deadbolt all doors.

DON’TS

  • DON’T put your name on your mailbox. WIth just a last name, a burglar can get ahold of your cell phone number and call to see if you’re home.
  • DON’T hide spare keys in obvious places such as under a doormat or a potted plant. Simply checking these spots is how many criminals avoid forced entry.

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